Hashim, resident of Khair in the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh cannot move his legs. This 18-year-old had started developing problems in walking, climbing stairs and performing daily chores with the feeling of numbness and tingling in the lower body.
He visited many doctors but his problem remained uncured.
His life changed after Hashim was wheeled into the operation theatre of he Department of Neurosurgery, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Doctors successfully performed a seven-hour long surgery to extract a malformation that had developed in his spine to do what is called correction of Spinal Arterio Venous Malformation.
Hashim, is now able to walk, climb stairs and so all normal chores.
“We detected Spinal arterio-venous malformation in his lower spinal cord in the MRI and CT scan angiography. We advised him to undergo surgery and explained the risks involved,” said Dr Ahmed Ansari, who performed the rare surgery with a team comprising Dr R M Sharma and Dr M Tabish Khan.
Hamish and his family were explained that the malformation (unwanted growth) could lead to progressive disability, spinal cord damage and urinary problems and hence he must undergo surgery without losing time.
Besides, the profuse bleeding in growth could also cause complete paralysis.
“Doctors and surgeons at JNMC are continuously providing treatments for challenging clinical entities such as the Spinal Arterio-venous Malformation. We have a state-of-art infrastructure and facilities for advanced surgical and endovascular treatments and our surgical teams collaborate to choose appropriate treatment options for individual cases,” a release issued by the AMU after Hamish’s recovery said.
Prof M F Huda, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, said the successful treatment of this malformation mandates a thorough understanding of the anatomy and classification of these challenging-to-treat lesions because of complicated anatomy and physiology.
He added that within a couple of days of the surgery, Hashim started gaining strength in legs and was ready to be discharged.
Dr Moazzam and his team provided the patient with anaesthetic support. Dr Sajid, Dr Chitra and Dr Nadeem were involved in the surgery and post-operative management of the patient.
“JNMC doctors and surgeons have been performing safe and highly effective procedures with a high success rate even during the pandemic lockdown periods”, said AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor, while congratulating Dr Ahmed Ansari and his team.